The leader of the gang | John Ruskin

Many of you are probably already feverishly counting down the days on your calendar until the 100 year anniversary of the illustrious British art critic John Ruskin, otherwise known as the kingmaker of 19th century taste. Or maybe it’s more likely that you’ve never even heard of this curious man and for that – you…

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Why everyone wants a piece of Hans Hartung

Courtesy of Nahmad Contemporary, photo Tom Powel imaging Sometimes the stars align and an artist who has languished in obscurity for years can suddenly rise to the top of an art advisor’s wish list. And how does this magic transformation occur you ask? Why, with just a sprinkling of fairy dust from some of the…

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The Royal Academy | 250 years of high drama

When we think of the Royal Academy, we imagine a place of grandeur, tradition and of course – outrageous scandal through its 250 year-long history. As the only privately funded British institution that offers free arts tutelage for all, the Royal Academy holds a special place in our hearts. This oldest art school in the…

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Has Modern Art has gone off the boil in Copenhagen?

For years Copenhagen has been quietly building a reputation as one of the trendiest places in Europe to see contemporary art; drawing artists and connoisseurs alike to its chic Scandinavian streets. Not only does Copenhagen boast the only international art fair in Scandinavia with Code art fair and CHART at the Kunsthal Charlottenborg in late…

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Cook, Baker, Candlestick maker | What made Chaïm Soutine such a formidable painter?

The focus of the Courtauld Gallery’s winter show is the famous émigré painter Chaïm Soutine, whose dalliances in the underworld of 1920s Paris are somewhat legendary. Hanging out with the likes of Amedeo Modigliani in the garrets of Montparnasse, Soutine is often placed in the bracket of struggling immigrant artists when in reality he was somewhat…

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Nicholas Logsdail & Lisson Gallery | The Secrets to Success

Towering over London’s embankment this autumn is a monument to the legacy of a certain dealer that stretches far beyond the edges of the river Thames. The founder of Lisson Gallery, Mr Nicholas Logsdail commemorates the 50th anniversary of his powerhouse gallery in style with a colossal show that dominates the Strand’s Store studios. Curated…

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Playing the villain | Marie-Hortense and Cézanne’s Portraits

The latest blockbuster to take the stage at London’s National Portrait Gallery has an unlikely star performer. Step aside Mont Sainte-Victoire and so long to you bowls of fruit – the real leading lady of Cézanne’s Portraits is the oval-faced bookbinder turned artist’s model, Marie-Hortense Fiquet. Cézanne met the young woman that would become his…

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The King is dead, long live the King | Why Basquiat has stolen the crown for most important American artist

Jean-Michel Basquiat is a name that is commanding new respect for collectors and art aficionados everywhere. The poster boy for post-punk New York and the rise of street art during the 1980s, Basquiat has become one of the most influential players in the art market today with enough pulling-power to draw the highest bidders in…

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The Hepworth Wakefield | Why the Museum of the Year 2017 deserves everything it gets

Tucked away in the backstreets of a small West Yorkshire town is an unlikely star-attraction. Of all the gin joints in the world, Wakefield happens to be the birthplace of one of our most celebrated home-grown sculptors, Barbara Hepworth, and now the backdrop for Art Fund Museum of the Year 2017. As Londoners through and…

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Laura Theresa Epps Alma-Tadema and life in the shadows

Leighton House Museum, that idyll of Orientalist splendour with Arab halls, resplendent Gold domes and embellished mosaics, are trying to revive the reputation of Lawrence Alma-Tadema. Who you might ask? The Dutch painter who made London his home during the late 19th century lost favour with ‘Joe public’ as tastes changed and the Victorians began…

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